In 2019, Rep. Jamie Long and Sen. David Senjem introduced legislation (HF2396/SF2637) that proposed allowing local units of government the option to adopt the Sustainable Building 2030 performance standards as an advanced energy building standard applied to all new commercial and large multifamily buildings. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) and the Minnesota Department of Commerce, convened an informal short-term workgroup to examine this complex topic and consider various policy solutions.
The workgroup met from October 2019 through January 2020. Workgroup discussion was used to inform the agencies’ perspectives about potential policy options that enable cities to make progress on building efficiency and carbon use.
The Workgroup produced a report in December 2020, that details the process and input from experts and stakeholders and their resulting policy recommendations.